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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Feb 22, 2009 6:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BY NATURE: The Grateful Dead were like NO OTHER

that 1st show, for me, was indeed a baptism by fire.

Sure, in hindsight I wish I had started going to live shows in '66 - I was old enough, at 14, to roam around the City (SF) on my own, with just enough money of my own to go to the Avalon (all ages).

By early '69 I was collecting Crumb underground comix, ZAP and all those things but wasn't getting stoned or going all the way yet - not 'til early '70.

After breaking those barriers, live shows was a foregone eventuality.

If I had waited another year ot two to see the Grateful Dead, speaking for myself and my tastes here, it's unlikely I'd be writing this here and now -
my love and respect for them as a live act stems from the GD shows I saw in 1970.

I appreciate what they've done since 1970, and I've learned from the archive material that I enjoy pre'70 GD even more than the shows relating to my 1st times seeing them live...

What I'm trying to say is, waste not another chance to see them (Dead '09) or any fine musicians play live - there's no time like
the present, to be alive!

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Poster: wineland Date: Feb 22, 2009 8:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BY NATURE: The Grateful Dead were like NO OTHER

I couldn't agree more. See live music, even if your buddy says they just learned of a good new band. My wife and I have seen some great bluegrass, the new style being jamgrass. Tombone Shorty was just in town doing the Portland Jazz Festival. Go see this master of jazz if he comes within a few hundreds of miles of your town. Being born the year you first started seeing them brings on the realization that the new is as vibrant as the tried and true. Great recollection you provide for us. I just listened to 5/14/70 today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Next up was Ween and dug it too. Love and live music.

wineland

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